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4717 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 12, 2010 2:31 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 12, 2010 2:31 PM (in response to DaPhil)Hi,
An Apple ID that you may use for Logging in to Discussions to Post and may also link to your iTunes account and the Apple Store purchases is not the same as an Account/Screen Name for iChat.
@mac.com names were at one time given out when you purchased the .mac service (predecessor to MobileMe).
However trial versions on .mac allowed the name to work in iChat after the trial was up (As well as Lapsed Paid for ones)
The Email services stopped at the end of the trial or if you stopped paying for the service.
However when MobileMe started and replaced .Mac people could elect to keep their @Mac.com names
Therefore @mac.com name may or may not be valid email addresses.
Since then Apple have allowed new @mac.com names to be created to use as free iChat names (not valid Email Addresses)
Apple names ending @mac.com and @Me.com (MobileMe) are valid AIM screen Names in iChat. (Agreement between Apple an AIM)
(MobileMe is free during the trial period but requires Credit Card up front and Active discontinuation before the Trial is up and also does not work after the Trial is cancelled)
You can also Use AIM names Register here
These tend to not have any @something.com suffixes.
You can also use any GoogleMail ID if you enable Talk on your Google account.
Using a third Party Jabber app you can register a Jabber ID (Also looks like a email address) as most Jabber servers doe not have Web Browser accessible registration pages.
An Apple ID created to Login into Discussions is unlikely to be linked to iChat.
(it can be done as you say with @Mac.com or @Me.com names)
An Apple ID can be linked to iTunes and for making On-line Store purchases.
There are options to creating an iChat ID.
AIM would most likely suit you needs of not having an @mac.com or @me.com suffix
Jabber names look like Email Addresses but rarely work as such with the exception of GoogleTlak/GoogleMail IDs
A GoogleTalk or Jabber ID can add Jabber or GoogleTalk Buddies but not those that Login to AIM.
A Valid AIM Screen Name can not have Jabber/GoogleTalk Buddies added to it.
An AIM valid Screen name could be from AIM or Apple (@mac.com or @me.com) or from any other ISP AIM has an Agreement with for using their Email Address.
This last part means you may see Buddy's screen Names that have other @ type suffixes
In fact the AIM Registration page allows you to use any Email as the Screen Name (I have seen a Hotmail one used)
This means as both AIM and Jabber use names that end @server(mail or otherwise).com/net/whatever as there can be some confusion when adding Buddies to a Buddy List.
I hope I have been clear enough.
10:31 PM Sunday; September 12, 2010
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